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TCS&D Show seminars

Coventry, UK: Coventry. UK: The UK’s increasing appetite for innovation in the food and drink sector will make this week’s TCS&D  exhibition the biggest yet, as it is hosted for the first time in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Waitrose’s sustainable approach to temperature-controlled transport will be among key discussion topics during the seminars at the TCS&D exhibition taking place tomoorw and Thursday.

Waitrose’s sustainable approach to temperature-controlled transport will be among key discussion topics during the seminars at this year’s TCS&D exhibition

Justin Laney, general manager of fleet at the John Lewis Partnership, will detail the benefits Waitrose has gained from introducing bio-methane trucks to its fleet, including reduced carbon emissions, improved air quality and reduced noise. After successful trials last year, the business has just committed to more than quadrupling the number of bio-methane trucks in its fleet – from 12 to 53 – by the end of 2017.

“Our business is committed to helping the environment and the John Lewis Partnership has a long history of using alternative fuels,” says Laney.

“Bio-methane can yield significant benefits in the distribution of temperature- controlled loads. Following successful trials for Waitrose, we intend to use the vehicles across the majority of our heavy truck fleet.”

Brexit, urban deliveries and shared logistics are some of the other key issues tabled for discussion at this year’s TCS&D exhibition.

Nick Hay, chief executive of Fowler Welch, will discuss temperature-controlled storage and distribution of the future, giving insight into how the business has reduced its carbon emissions by 10% in the past five years.

Food Storage and Distribution Federation chief executive Chris Sturman will share key industry issues in relation to Brexit. Critically, he will help delegates understand how Brexit will affect the food sector and what can be done to protect their businesses.

Tim Ward, freight and fleet communications and engagement manager for Transport for London, will explain how the organisation is spearheading urban food logistics.

Other speakers include Kevin Hancock, managing director of Rick Bestwick; Alan White, managing director of Fresh Logistics; and Dimitri Zissis, senior research fellow in supply chain modelling at Cranfield University.

Rob Fisher, event director at TCS&D, says: “We’re absolutely delighted to have innovators in cold storage logistics like Waitrose and Fowler Welch joining us to share their expertise with TCS&D visitors this year.

“If you work in refrigerated storage or logistics, this exhibition provides a one-stop-shop for all you need to know, as well as an unparalleled opportunity to network and build relationships.” All seminars are free to attend and include valuable insight, market trends, details of product innovation and case studies from some of the UK’s most innovative businesses, as well as a chance for delegates to quiz business leaders.

Seminar programme:

  • Brexit, what keeps you awake at night? FSDF shares the latest government developments affecting the TCS&D sector
  • Delivering London: Spearheading urban food logistics
  • Treading lightly: Waitrose’s sustainable approach to temperature- controlled transport
  • Temperature-controlled storage and distribution of the future
  • Shared logistics models in UK online food retail
  • Feeding the nation
  • Human tissue transfers: How the national body parts repository centre was created